The military term "PX" stands for "post exchange" and is historically the shopping center for U.S. Army bases. Any PX will sell consumer goods to authorized customers, which primarily includes military members, retirees and their dependents.
Branches of the United States armed forces call their consumer exchanges by different names. In the Navy, the exchange is called the NEX, or the Navy Exchange. The Air Force calls it the Base Exchange, or BX, and both the PX and BX systems are operated by the Army Air Force Exchange System. On Marine bases, the MCX is the Marine Corps Exchange, and the Coast Guard operates the CGX, or the Coast Guard Exchange.Learn More
In the military, "KP" stands for kitchen patrol or kitchen police. It was used as a form of punishment in the past but isn't commonly used in that manner in the modern military.Full Answer >
In the U.S. military, the abbreviation "TDY" stands for temporary duty. Temporary duty refers to the situation when a soldier or other employee is assigned to serve at a location that is not his permanent station.Full Answer >
Military courtesy is the formalized practice of politeness and good manners that has been adopted as a code of conduct for many militaries worldwide. The intention of military courtesy is to enforce discipline and promote well-behaved enlisted personnel and officers in the military.Full Answer >
The military alphabet is a phonetic alphabet that replaces letters with words. For example, A becomes Alpha, B is Bravo, C is Charlie and D is Delta. Each word is distinct from the other words for clarity of communication, especially important when troops must communicate via radio.Full Answer >